An experienced cosmetic dentist in Dallas, PA installs veneers to improve clients’ smiles. Over the years, a type of dental veneers called Lumineers® has gained popularity, leading to some confusion over which between regular veneers and Lumineers® are the better choice. An eHow.com article provides some answers.
Lumineers® can be removed if the wearer decides to do so in the future. Regular veneers require grinding down some of the tooth’s enamel before they can be installed, thinning out the natural tooth and requiring a permanent cover. On the other hand, Lumineers® are thin enough that grinding the tooth down is not necessary.
However, the thinness of Lumineers® might present a disadvantage as it reduces the degree of coverage provided. Teeth that are badly chipped, discolored, or damaged, and therefore need better coverage, may benefit more from regular dental veneers.
The eHow article offers the following piece of information on the durability of traditional veneers and Lumineers®:
“There’s no absolute right answer for this question because it’s very much dependent on how you treat your teeth. If you brush and floss after meals, limit your sweets and see your dentist twice a year, you’ll maintain better dental health than if you just brush in the morning. With that said, according to the Lumineers website, they can last over 20 years. Plus they come with a warranty so that if something does happen, they’re replaced at no extra charge. Porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years, and with good care possibly longer.”
As such, both types of teeth coverings can last for a long time. The user, however, must observe proper dental care habits.
The costs for Lumineers® and traditional veneers are also highly comparable. As such, cost should not factor too much into one’s choice.
Patients who want to know more about these procedures would do well to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Dallas, PA, like Dr. James C. DeFinnis, DMD at Back Mountain Dental. Such a skilled professional can assess patients’ teeth and determine which dental tool will be appropriate for each individual case.